Suspect in murder of Baton Rouge couple fights extradition

Suspect in murder of Baton Rouge couple fights extradition

MIAMI, FL (WAFB) - The man accused of kidnapping and killing a Baton Rouge couple refused extradition when he appeared before a Florida judge Monday morning.

Ernesto Alonso, 42, of Baton Rouge, went before Judge Stephen Zaccor around 7:15 a.m. District Attorney Hillar Moore said Alonso decided he would not waive extradition, so another hearing is set for November 19. A previous report that Alonso had waived extradition was based on information provided by the Broward County Clerk of Courts Office.

Alonso is suspected of kidnapping and killing Denis Duplantier, 71, and his wife, Suzanne, 70. He remains held without bond in Miami, where he was arrested early Wednesday morning.

Investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department said Alonso was a handy man for the Duplantiers. He was staying on their property and was sometimes an employee of the victims, according to the arrest warrant.

Authorities added Alonso will be extradited back to Baton Rouge and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. Investigators are still looking for a possible accomplice.

The Duplantiers were laid to rest Saturday.

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